White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany declined to confirm or deny reports that several White House employees had tested positive for coronavirus.
“Have any of the White House staffers recently tested positive for coronavirus?” Fox News’ John Roberts asked McEnany at a news briefing on Wednesday.
“I do not share people’s personal medical information,” McEnany said.
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Roberts noted that McEnany had previously spoken when employees tested positive for the virus. “Why the change?” he asked.
The press pool in the White House was reportedly informed that several employees had tested positive on Wednesday for the infection. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was asked about the reports earlier Wednesday and also declined to comment.
The report comes a day after President Trump met with three world leaders to sign a historic peace deal in the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and foreign ministers from both the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain were present to sign two agreements – one between Israel and Bahrain and one between Israel and the UAE. Trump signed as a witness.
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Trump was also in Philadelphia Tuesday night for an ABC City Hall at the National Constitution Center.
McEnany was asked about the president’s remarks on “herd mentality,” which probably means the “herd immunity” theory. She clarified that herd immunity “has never been a strategy” in the White House.
“Our strategy is to get a vaccine,” she said, expressing confidence that it would be approved and “widely available” by the end of the year.
Trump on Tuesday told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that coronavirus would “go away without the vaccine … over a period of time.”
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“You’re developing like a herd mentality,” Trump said.